It is one of the main "granite" climbing sites in the south of France and offers an "easy" approach to the high mountain environment.
A historical climbing site
From 1910, Viala, Déplasse, Dulong-de-Rosnay climbed the needles.
Azéma and Frayssinet, from 1920 to 1940, continued the discovery, signing numerous openings.
The first topo was published at the end of the 1950s and from 1960 to 1980, Henri Blanc, Guy Pistre, P. Maraval, François Pugibet and the Raynal brothers opened the most beautiful routes.
Famous mountaineers, notably R. Desmaison and R. Flematti have also visited this massif, which has a reputation as a high mountain school.
Today, after 5 years of rehabilitation work on the routes, respecting the "mountain" and adventure terrain character, the Caroux is once again a climbing spot, and moreover, in a Mediterranean climate! With a south-facing slope, its cliffs are practicable even in winter. So, get out your belays, ropes, shoes.... and prepare your next outings!
To help you, the latest FFME CAROUX ESCALADE guidebook is available (in French only) at the Tourist Office and on our online shop. (ESSENTIAL!)
The routes not to be missed!
The little extras...
- The diversity of the routes (schools, sport, long routes, TA...), which makes the Caroux a complete site.
How to get there ?
The Caroux Mountains are accessible, notably via the Orb valley: Mons-la-Trivalle, Saint-Martin de l'Arçon and Colombières-sur-Orb.
50mn away from the from the A9 motorway exit at Béziers (50 km) or 1h15 away from Montpellier.
2h30 away from Toulouse.
What to do when you don't climb?
The Caroux Mountains offer many other discoveries, more or less sporting:
- Hikes of all levels.
- A greenway at the foot of the Caroux.
- A walk in the hamlets clinging to the sides of the mountains.
- A wine tasting at a winemaker's, why not accompanied by a good barbecue?
.... and so many other choices.